Tarsar Marsar Trek is one of the highly opted treks of the Kashmir Valley. It is a trek encompassing a journey to the two beautiful twin lakes, Tarsar and Marsar, surrounded by the peaks of Kolahi Mountain.
The twin lakes are known from 16th Century during the period of ruler of Kashmir, Yusuf Shah Chak. The lakes are notable for its almond shape separated by a mountain, identical in nature and is situated in the Aru District of Jammu and Kashmir. Both the lakes flow into opposite directions, the former joining with the Lidder River of Lidderwat and the later to the other side of Aru. Apparently, the Dachigam National Park is in vicinage to the Marsar Lake.
What makes the Tarsar Marsar Lake trek so favourable is the serenity that presides over the environment. The beautiful Aru, a shade of the Kashmir valley makes the expedition a peaceful and nurturing journey; a journey, though might not be highly fanciful but definitely peace rendering.
Bit of a while since the last update (sure you've all been hanging on the edge of your seats) due to illness and laziness but suffice to say that the last 4 days have been some of our best and most tiring in Peru so far.
Saturday night I was struck down by some horrible fever bug thing which wiped all my energy and left me in bed tearful about Rhys having to have breakfast alone the next day - pathetic. Pilau Nightingale to the rescue however and by Monday I was sufficiently recovered to embark on our 4 day Inca jungle trek, still a little wobbly (@rose_elizabeth your leaving gift was a life saver, nuff said) but pretty much ok.
Day one was biking for 3 hours down an incredible windy road through the mountains which was breath taking (and mostly downhill - yay!).
This was followed by white water rafting. Early on, Rhys, like the manly man he is, managed to snap his paddle in half. This obviously left us a paddle short. I, in a very cunning manoeuvre so I thought, offered up my own paddle as tribute, conceding to sit in the back and cling on for dear life whilst the others did all the work - cause I'm nice like that. Our guide had different ideas and promptly told me that I should go and sit in the front of the boat and hold on.... imagine, if you will, the iconic scene in Titanic with Rose and thingy (never seen it) at the front of the boat, arms spread majestically. That was me. Except unlike lovely Kate Winslet, I was wearing a matching yellow splash coat and hard hat, clutching the front of the dingying whilst trying not to swallow a gallon of river water. And unlike the beautiful Dicaprio, Rhys was sat next to me using MY paddle and roaring with laughter every time I got engulfed. #soromantic
Next day was the biggie, 7 hour trek trough the jungle and along the Inca trail. The views were breath taking and some of the scenery we saw just gorgeous. We ate fresh passion fruit which has completely ruined passion fruit in England for me.
Tired, dirty and exhausted, we made it to the hot springs after a hairy ride across the river in what felt like a cardboard box on a rope.
34,000 steps, 292 floors. What a day!